Wednesday, December 5, 2012


Posted by Bethan Holt, Fashion Junior at Large

A fantasy shopping list for SS13 would be, quite frankly, inaccurate if it didn't include an oversized, fringed biker jacket worthy of Steve McQueen. The kind which you could throw on over a wrap mini skirt and look like a very fashionable version of a woman sauntering out of a mid-America motel to meet her rough and ready lover. These are not the tight, thin, barely roadworthy leather jackets of yesteryear (think Victoria Beckham circa the birth of Brooklyn), but substantial garments which engulf, protect, only get better with age and would make a Hell's Angel proud.  

Rodarte turn teenage boy fantasies like Warhammer to fashion girl dreams.
In the case of the Mulleavy sisters at Rodarte, it was "fantasy role playing games" rather than weathered biker boys which formed the inspiration for their sublimely embossed, louche big bikers which could easily have been part of Game of Thrones' Ned's costume repertoire. The awesome coats were complimented by gowns worthy of a medieval banquet and sharp skirts and dresses which had a hint of  the Dungeons and Dragons armour to them. Kate and Laura's collection might have referenced that geeky subculture of World of Warcraft and Warhammer, but its appeal is to a whole different kind of geek. The Fashion Collector, or the Super Fan. The girls and women who have money to spend and very specific ideas about how they will be wearing the new season. I, and probably many of you reading this, fall somewhere on that particular spectrum of geekiness. And if you're anything like me, then you have fully digested the SS13 collections and are ready to gobble them up. For the record, when I say gooble up, I mean I know the one or two things that I want to spend serious money on and the other key pieces which I'll be looking for more affordable "interpretations" of.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
M'oda Operandi is here to help us gobble, with their Rodarte trunk show which is going on until Monday. The 'pretailer'- I love that term-has 13 looks from September's show which we can buy from right now, with delivery as early as March. You may want to splash your entire SS13 piggy bank now with 10,531 euros on a spectacular embroidered gown  or 4,361euros on one of those epic fringed bikers. For the slightly more restrained amongst us, there are beautifully printed tops for 957euros. Basically, we can get our guaranteed fashion thrills early. This must be how it feels to get first dibs on a new World of Warcraft extension game.

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